Located in the Ibaraki Prefecture outside of the Tokyo region, these two master blacksmiths are hand forging high carbon masterpieces!
Isamitsu is a smaller company focused on unique handcrafted designs using high quality materials. They design their knives with high carbon steel such as Aogami Super (Blue Super Steel), shirogami (white steel #1), and aoniko (blue steel #2) along with locally sourced wood such as maple and burberry.
Hand forged Aogami Super (Blue Super Steel) is one of the hardest materials to forge due to the composition and requires the utmost skill.
We are incredibly honored to be working with these two master blacksmiths!
Our new knife maker from Miki City, designing unique knives with a focus on the details and useability.
Misuzu is a small family run blacksmith located in Miki within the Hyogo prefecture. They are specifically known for the Misuzu Hamono knife which is a versatile knife invented by the founder, Shinji Suzuki, in 1946. The current blacksmith, Yamato Miyawaki, married into the family and is now the third-generation knife maker.
Interested in a stunning selection of both stainless steel Damascus as well as Aoniko, high carbon steel, Damascus from Sawakazuma?
Echizen knives have a long history, dating back 700 years. While Japanese knives as a whole are typically designed with thinner blades than their European counterparts, the knives coming from Echizen take that a step further and are even thinner.
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This knife is beautiful, durable, and high quality! I will definitely be buying more knives from hasuseizo like this one.
My 11 year old granddaughter and 9 year old grandson loved the pink and blue handled children’s knives. She surprised me on how comfortable she was on using your knife.
Typical Japanese product......very high quality.
Knives are beautiful to look at, great to hold, but a little scary to use because they are so sharp. Guess that’s why a bandage was included.
Also the boxes were wrapped in Japanese newspaper, a nice touch!
Fast to ship and no hesitation to order again.
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These are the scissors you can debone a chicken, crack nuts, wrap beautiful gifts, prune plants, and crack a beer open with. All while knowing that they'll probably outlast almost any other appliance in the kitchen. No shitty plastic happening here. I absolutely plan to put these scissors in my go bag if the zombie apocalypse ever comes around.
Where do I start, it’s razor sharp, insanely light, very beautiful, and overall extremely well made. Super happy with the purchase. Cutting anything feels like a hot knife into butter. 10/10, thank you Midori.
I was very excited to receive this knife. It was packaged exquisitely and more than razor-sharp when coming out of the box. The quality of the craftsmanship is obvious as soon as you handle the blade. The special touch of a handwritten note and origami were nice touches as well. I have only used the knife a few times at this point but have been very happy with its slicing ability. The first dish I prepared with it was a scallop crudo and the knife made slicing those thin pieces effortless. This will be a staple in my kitchen and I'm sure to be around for many many years to come.
I’ve been using as a paring knife in the kitchen also able to use as a utility knife either. It’s very nice steel made from, I use fine sharpening stone to get like mirror finish. It’s one of my favorite knife.
Incredible knife, super happy and the the customer service was phenomenal too
SAKAI TAKAYUKI 33 LAYER DAMASCUS NAKIRI KNIFE 160MM (6.3") JAPANESE HANDLE
This knife is a work of art and a joy to use. My knife skills have exponentially improved because of the ease of use with this knife. Definitely worth the investment!
I was so happy to find this knife outside of Japan. I have another that I bought 10 years ago on a work trip to Tokyo. It's the best. I use it every day.
The l knife is beautiful, ergonomic, light, and perfect for prepping small veggies, like garlic, ginger, shallots and more! Very pleased with the purchase;) Thanks
This is the best knife I've ever seen. My mom loved it for her Christmas gift. She finally owns a Japanese knife and shes so happy.
This knife is, by far, my favorite in my collection. It was heavier than I expected but it so well balanced. It feels perfect in my hand. I will say, the edge isn’t ground perfect. It doesn’t lay completely flat on a cutting board so sometimes I end up with little caterpillar pieces which I’m not too happy about. Not a deal breaker by any means but I am curious if this is normal.
Anyway, you’ll LOVE this knife. What a great investment. Don’t forget to always keep a towel handy. You’re going to want to wipe after each task because it does rust easy.
It was a gift for my husband who is a chef. He liked the knive very much, its good in the hand.
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We have a great selection of Gyuto Japanese Chef knives, Nakiri, Santoku, Petty, and more!
Hasu-Seizo was created with the desire to share the extraordinary craftsmanship of the Japanese knife makers with home and professional chefs around the world. Our selection of Japanese kitchen knives from Nakiri to Gyuto and Usuba to Shobu will leave you breathless.
Hasu-Seizo is a family-owned and operated business based in Seattle that sells handcrafted artisan Japanese knives. Our knives come from a range of Japanese blacksmiths from a variety of prefectures. Our primary knife maker, the Sakai Takayuki brand, is manufactured by our family, blacksmiths, and other master craftsmen in Osaka.
Our passion for the history and traditions of the Japanese knife-making process inspired us to start Hasu-Seizo. We want to educate our customers about the various Japanese knife types and why they're so unique. Our online Japanese knife store has the best kitchen knives to help you achieve your full potential in the kitchen.
There are several ways to distinguish a Japanese knife from a Western-style knife. Generally speaking, Japanese knives are lighter and feel more balanced when you're holding them. They're made of stainless steel or a type of high-carbon steel called Yasugi hagane, which is hand-forged by professionals to be harder and thinner. Additionally, traditional Japanese kitchen knives are single bevel while the Western style knives are double bevel. These qualities make them well-suited to precise tasks.
The Japanese knife-making process has a rich history that can be traced back to the Sengoku period (1467-1568 CE) with the perfection of the katana. It's a complex art that has been passed down through generations through hard work and apprenticeship.
There are many types of Japanese knives, each of which is optimized for a specific purpose. Gyuto chef knives, for example, are average-sized knives ideal for a wide variety of kitchen tasks such as slicing meat and larger vegetables. Nakiri knives, recognizable by their rectangular blade, are razor-sharp, making them well-suited to cutting vegetables and herbs.
We carry a diverse array of knife collections at our Japanese knife online store. This includes petty utility knives, Deba butchery knives, versatile Santoku knives, and much more. We recommend browsing our inventory to find the right knife or Japanese knife set for your needs.
Check out our Guide to Knife Types or our Blog for a detailed look at each knife type. If you still have question we would love to hear from you on our Contact Us page.
Before purchasing a Japanese knife, you should first identify what tasks you intend to use that knife for. This will save you from accidentally buying a butchery knife when you primarily prepare vegetables or herbs and a Japanese vegetable knife like the Nakiri would best serve your needs.
We recommend reading the product descriptions on our website to determine which knife is best suited to you or our Knife Buying Guide. If you're still unsure, we encourage you to contact our helpful staff for guidance. Our friendly and knowledgeable team would be happy to help you. You can get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com, calling 1 (425) 273-5362, or filling out our contact form.
Japanese knives require daily attention to maintain their incredibly high performance. Their performance can even improve over time, so long as the owner cares for them properly. You can protect the delicate blade of your Japanese knife by using them with a wooden end grain board rather than marble, glass, steel, or bamboo boards.
Your Japanese knife should also be hand-washed immediately after being used with a mild detergent. Once you've dried it with a cloth, be sure to store it in an area that's cool and dry. When possible storing your Japanese kitchen knives in a knife protector or saya (sheath) will extend the life of your blades as well.
Japanese knives, if used regularly, should be professionally sharpened once or twice a year. Honing the knives can be performed prior to each use to ensure clean slicing but is not necessary for most home use.
If you opt for sharpening your own knives, we would advise against steel honing rods. Japanese knives should be sharpened at an angle of about 10-20 degrees using a whetstone. For more detailed information, see our Knife Maintenance Guide.
If you don't feel confident about taking on this task yourself, we encourage you to opt for a professional's services.
Buying online has come a long way recently but we understand the challenges. We are here to help you make the best choice possible.
Don't see your question answered in the FAQs above? If you'd like to learn more about our Japanese knife shop online, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our friendly and knowledgeable team would be happy to help you. You can get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 1 (425) 273-5362, or filling out our contact form.
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We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase. However, we know online purchases can be a little tricky and do allow returns (with a few stipulations). Check out or Return Policy & Warranty page for more information.
Feel free to contact us, if you have any questions or concerns.